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Balance Isn’t Just About Coordination (Part One)

Blog-main-091613Exceptional athletes learn to look at other sports, see what works and adapt that to their own training approaches.  One instance of this could be in relation to the sport of bodybuilding.  Bodybuilders employ a style of weight training called supersets.  During super-setting, lifters work opposing muscle groups.  For instance, they will do one set of bench presses, for the chest muscles, followed immediately by a set of rows, which are for the back muscles.  Bodybuilders understand that opposing muscle groups work in direct correlation to each other.  They correctly and naturally balance each other out so that when they are worked simultaneously they strengthen and support each other.  They also experience a similar work load.  This beneficial and time-tested methodology can be applied to your boxing training.

The Attributes of a Fighter

Being a fighter takes a special combination of skill and will, power and finesse and an unmatched physical and mental toughness.  Boxing requires a resolve to not only survive, but thrive in any situation you’re faced with.  From technique to tenacity, these are the most important characteristics of any great fighter.

Use a Little Elbow Grease

If you’re like most fighters or coaches, then you’ve either said it or heard it said a thousand times…”Keep your elbows in”. It may sound basic, but the benefit of making this simple adjustment is anything but. What you can gain with this one, simple adjustment may have more complexities, but also more benefits than you even realize.

Old Habits Die Hard

Although there are certainly life lessons and traditional rules of etiquette that apply to all situations, there are a handful of seemingly good habits that can work against you in the boxing ring.  What you do in life, how you conduct yourself day-to-day, doesn’t always mesh well with what you need to practice in the gym in order to properly protect yourself.  When you break it down, you might be surprised how many of the good habits you were constantly reminded of as a child, just don’t apply to life in the gym.  The good habits you worked to perfect actually translate into bad boxing technique.  Some of these physical traits and mental beliefs you have worked so hard to follow are now the very ideals you need to leave at the gym door in order to become a better fighter.